Carrie Underwood Leads Nashville Nominees At American Music Awards


The fan-voted American Music Awards (AMA) announced its 2016 nominees live on ABC’s Good Morning America, Snapchat and ABC News on Monday (Oct. 10). Voting is open now.

Carrie Underwood earned nominations in three categories, including the preliminary nominees for the all-genre Artist of the Year category. That category will be voted in advance to whittle nominees to five, based on votes received before Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. CT.

Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Blake Shelton go head-to-head for the Favorite Male Artist-Country, while Kelsea Ballerini, Cam and Underwood go up against each other for Favorite Female Artist – Country. Favorite Duo/Group – Country finds Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Zac Brown Band as nominees.

Favorite Album – Country considers Bryan’s Kill The Lights, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Underwood’s Storyteller. Favorite Song-Country pits Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.” with Tim McGraw‘s “Humble And Kind” and Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man.”

Meghan Trainor nabs a nod for her collaboration with John Legend, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” in addition to Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary

Drake sets an AMA record for most nominations in a single year (13), surpassing Michael Jackson’s 1984 record of 11 nominations.

Nominees were determined based on stats from Billboard magazine (and its partners Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound), including sales, airplay, streaming, social and touring.

Voting opens immediately and accepted either online, where complete nominee information is available, or via Twitter by posting the selected nominee’s Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs within the tweet(s).

The dick clark production event will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! pre-show will stream online worldwide.


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